NOAA: Hottest global January EVER!


In the span of 141 years of climate records, there has never been a warmer January than last month, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

What’s more, the temperature departure from average was the highest monthly departure ever recorded without an El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

January 2020 marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

Here’s more from NOAA’s January global climate report:

Climate by the numbers

January 2020

The January global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest on record at 2.05 degrees F (1.14 degrees C) above the 20th-century average. This surpassed the record set in January 2016 by 0.04 of a degree F (0.02 of a degree C).

The four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have occurred since 2016; the 10 warmest have all occurred since 2002.

Breaking the month down by hemispheres, the Northern Hemisphere also had its warmest January on record, at 2.70 degrees F (1.50 degrees C) above average. The Southern Hemisphere had a departure of 1.40 degrees F (0.78 of a degree C) above average — its second-warmest January on record after January 2016.

More notable climate events in the January report

  • Lots of regional heat to go around. Record-warm temperatures were seen across parts of: Scandinavia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the central and western Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and Central and South America. No land or ocean areas had record-cold January temperatures.
  • Polar sea ice coverage remained smaller than normal. Arctic sea ice extent (coverage) was 5.3 percent below the 1981–2010 average, tying with 2014 as the eighth-smallest January extent in the 42-year record. Antarctic sea ice coverage during January was 9.8 percent below the average and tied with January 2011 as the 10th smallest.
  • Snow cover was lacking. Northern Hemisphere snow coverage was below the 1981–2010 average, having the 18th-smallest January snow cover in the 54-year record.

Or, in the eyes of Canberra: bulllshit, dig more coal.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. Enjoy the warm weather. We’re entering a solar minimum and that is not good. But you guys occupy yourself with empty concerns of climate change if you must

  2. The BystanderMEMBER

    Can’t wait until Craig Kelly comes out with yet another poorly researched and cherry-picked ‘fact’ from some wingnut’s blog that disproves the tens of thousands of scientists who actually do this sort of study for a living…

  3. rob barrattMEMBER

    Well, I must congratulate the Japanese. They’re only planning to build 20 new coal fired power stations whereas those dastardly Bangldeshis are planning to build 29. Of course, I’m off to war over the 1(?) we might possibly be planning on building.

  4. A global average temperature is a ridiculous metric to calculate on many fronts other then grabbing a headline for a nano second. The earth has a temperature range of around 100c, to create a fictitious average number is just silly. The fact that planet earth is still emerging from a mini ice age and is warming gradually should not be a surprise. They quote data from 100+ years ago, but consider how few land based temperature stations vs now, and they certainly did not have any over the oceans until satellites arrived in the 1970s. This of course will get blamed on CO2 to keep driving the fear in to the uninformed and keep them needy of big government solutions.

    • You mean they need this for govt funding so they have jobs. Oh and because more people starting to see the BS now global dumba$$e$ are putting child out there (Greta) now . Maybe it will be a 7 or 8 year old next.

  5. Can’t wait for the not-global warming to have some of the beloved tropical fauna reach Brisbane and Sydney. I wonder what effect an Irukandji outbreak will have on those Gold Coast beaches, or maybe even Bondi.